Safeguarding

At South Wigston High School we take our responsibility to safeguard, care for and nurture young people very seriously.

‘South Wigston High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students as their fundamental right, irrespective of academic engagement and attainment. There is an expectation that all stakeholders, visiting professionals and volunteers share and promote this commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of every student.’ All students have the right to thrive and flourish in the knowledge that they are safe and supported by every adult in the building.’ We will challenge any member of the school community along with any visitor whose values are inconsistent with the Academy’s values.’

Designated Safeguarding Leads

If you have a safeguarding concern please contact a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) immediately:

In the first instance, please contact: 

Alicia McElhill - amcelhill@southwigston.leics.sch.uk
(Senior Vice-Principal, Interim Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead)

or

Adele Hartley - ahartley2@southwigston.leics.sch.uk (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead)

South Wigston High School - Safeguarding Policy

If you are concerned about the welfare of a student at the school please contact one of our designated officers or social services.

Child Protection Concerns:

If you have any child protection concerns whilst the school is closed, please use one of the relevant helplines below or email: childprotectionconcerns@southwigston.leics.sch.uk

Prevent Statement

South Wigston High School is committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of all of our students. We recognise that in an ever changing and fast moving world it is essential that we promote students well-being, confidence and resilience, and that we provide our students with up to date information and signpost them to places where they can find support, where necessary.

We see protecting our students from the risk of radicalisation as part of  our wider safeguarding duties, and that it is similar in nature to protecting students from other harms (e.g. drugs, FGM, neglect, and sexual exploitation), whether these come from within their family or are the product of outside influences. We acknowledge the Prevent duty and we have due regard to the need to prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism.

At South Wigston High School all staff are expected to uphold the fundamental principles of British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. These values are promoted through our  curriculum, PSHE, form time, assemblies and Cultural Capital curriculum. 

Information for parents/adults:

Police Non-emergency: 101

Police Emergency: 999

NHS: 111

Social Care Duty Desk County: 0116 3050005

Social Care Duty Desk Leicester City: 0116 4541004

Early Help queries: 0116 3058727

School Nurse Chat Health for parents/carers living in Leicester City: text 07520615381

School Nurse Chat Health service for parents/carers living in Leicestershire: text 07520615382

School Nurse Chat Health service for young people living in Leicester City: text 07520615386

School Nurse Chat Health service for young people living in Leicestershire: text 07520615387

Relate: 0300 0030396 relate.org.uk

Information for young people:

Childline: 08001111

Police Non-emergency: 101

Police Emergency: 999

NHS: 111

Text the school nurse for a confidential chat: 07520 615386 

Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

The following website has the contact details for lots of useful organisations: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/student-life/useful-contacts/

Sidekick – A confidential helpline for young carers

Sidekick is a confidential helpline for young carers in the UK,  aged 13 to 18 - and up to 25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Opening hours (mainly in school time but some evenings too): Monday - 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, Tuesday - 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Wednesday - 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, Thursday - 12.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Friday - 9.30 am to 4 pm.

Text 07888 868 059

Email: sidekick@actionforchildren.org.uk 

Further details here: https://sidekick.actionforchildren.org.uk/ 

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information safeguarding partnership enabling us to offer immediate support to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass ensures that there is a simple telephone call or notification to our Designated Safeguarding Lead (add name) prior to the start of the next school day after an incident of police attended domestic abuse where there are children related to either of the adult parties involved. This sharing of information enables appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

From September 2022, Leicestershire police are expanding the information that they are sharing confidentially with the safeguarding leads in Leicester and Leicestershire schools. This new Information Sharing Platform means that the police will share with us incidents that they have attended where they feel there has been an impact upon a child’s physical, emotional or mental well-being. This information is shared so that (name of school) can better understand children’s living experience and can support, nurture and care for them more effectively.

 More information about Operation Encompass can be found here:  www.operationencompass.org

South Wigston Hear to Help Box

South Wigston Hear to Help Box enables students to speak out if they have a worry or a concern.

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Prevent

E-Safety

Here you can find helpful links with information and guides that are aimed at helping parents/carers understand what e-safety and cyberbullying are and what you can do to keep children safe online:

A guide to e-safety for parents and carers.

Cyberbullying.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/

Online radicalisation and extremism - Childnet

Please click the link below to be taken to the 'online radicalisation and extremism' article found on the Childnet website. 

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Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

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#AskTheAwkward

Unsure where to start? Our introduction to Asking The Awkward helps you to prepare for regular conversations with your child about online relationships and related topics. It also offers advice on how to keep conversations positive and what to do if your child tells you something that worries you.

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